July Lunch & Learns

July 2018 Flyer

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Juba’s Corner Food Stand will be open!

Stop by and see us on Tuesday!

Food Stand

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That’s a wrap!

Amazing. Our first Golf Tournament was a success! We weren’t quite sure what to expect for our first run at this type of fundraiser but man oh man we were sure blown away by the community’s support! We were able to raise over $2,000 in donations, one of our best fundraisers in recent years!

After a very rainy week, Friday, June 1st cleared up and the sun shone brightly for the event! Thank you to everyone that came out to golf and to those that stopped by to eat, socialize, and bid on the silent auction!

We received some great feedback, and are looking forward to putting on the event next year!

A big THANK YOU to all our sponsors!

All Pets Medicine, Surgery & Rehabilitation Clinic, PA | BEVCOMM | Blue Earth Custom Embroidery | Blue Valley Sod | Bogey Bar | Breen’s True Value Hardware | CCF Bank, Wells | Country Butcher | Dan Klinkner | Country Corner Service, Wells | Denny Swehla Trucking & Excavating | Dikken’s Furniture & Decorating | Dulas Excavating | First Bank Blue Earth | First Financial Bank in Winnebago | Gartzke’s Floral & Gifts | Golden Harvest, Delavan | Homestead Realty | Homestead Apartments | Huper Ag Enterprise | Jay’s Shop | Johnny M’s Tavern | Keep ‘N’ Clean Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial | Kibble Equipment | Miner’s Auto | MINN-IOWA Agency | Minn-Iowa Golf Course | Minnesota Twins | Linda Raimann | Nowak Ag Consulting | Olson Nelson Realty | Oswald Brewing | Ralph Prescher Memorial | Riverside Town & Country Club | Roerig Hardware | Rollenhagen Tax & Accounting LLC | Royer’s | Shady Hill Red Angus | State Farm Insurance, Wells | State Farm Insurance, Winnebago | Stensland Farms | Wells Chiropractic Clinic, PA | Wells Golf Club | Thrivent Financial


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Fearless After 50

There is still time to register for the upcoming events! Give Linda at the Blue Earth Senior Center a call to reserve your spot! 507-526-3850



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More Great Lunch & Learns!

A great big thanks to our speakers and guests who were able to make our May Lunch & Learns such a great success!

At our Blue Earth Lunch & Learn Alex Butterbrodt, the dietitian at UHD, gave us some great healthy, practical, and easy nutrition tips. We walked away with 10 recipes of easy to make, 1-2 serving size meals; along with easy ways to keep track of portion sizes, which food groups to eat more of, and great seasoning substations for salt!


Maintaining a Healthy Diet Handout 

At our Wells Lunch & Learn the IFC staff, Carol Soma, Mary Kay Laabs, Merry McGowen, and Dan Woodring, educated and trained the attendees on how to be a Dementia Friend. There was a lot of good commentary from the group on their experiences with those affected by a form of dementia and some great suggestions on how to be more dementia friendly.

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May Lunch & Learns

Make sure to register early – space is limited!


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Packed House!

Wow I think we had record breaking attendance at this Lunch & Learn! Everyone must be aching to get out and about this spring or be really interested in bees!!

Just a friendly reminder (since we had to turn a few people away due to being at max capacity) to RSVP for the Lunch & Learns and to RSVP early, please don’t wait until the last minute as groceries are bought ahead of time and we want to make sure everyone gets a good portion!!! 

Thank you again to Jinger Woodring who made a delicious lunch of honey garlic baked pork bites, wild rice pilaf, and corn along with some frosted cookies with fruit toppings for desert!
If you’d like the recipes please click HERE

Cindy Lyon entertained the group with interesting and fun facts about bees and honey, along with her story of becoming a bee keeper. Did you know bees only live on average 6 weeks and when they die there are “undertaker bees” that dispose of the dead bodies through the hole in the hive – pretty neat to hear how advanced bees are and the different jobs they perform.

Also, honey is the only food that never goes bad…EVER! If you have a jar of hard honey simply let it sit in some warm water (the way you would with a baby bottle) and it will start to loosen right up.

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April Events


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Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament

Help make our FIRST EVER golf tournament a success!

Golf Flyer

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Conserve Energy, Save Money

What a great Lunch & Learn today to (hopefully) wrap up the winter months!

Big thanks to Jinger for the delicious and hearty chicken noodle soup on this chilly day and strawberry rhubarb fluff for dessert.

The “Danger Show” tough us about elderberries, which do prove to be quite dangerous if eaten raw as they have cyanide inducing chemicals in them.. do NOT eat them raw! When cooked elderberries can drastically improve your health:

Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has actually been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier. During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government actually employed the use of the elderberry to fight the flu.

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These berries grow wild all over – keep your eyes open! You can make tea, juice, and jams with them.

2/3 c dried elderberries
3 1/2 c water
2T fresh ginger
1t cinnamon
1/2 t cloves

Boil, simmer 45 minutes. Mash berries, strain. Add honey when luke warm. Instant pot 9 minutes

1 c raw honey


Tim Stoner the GM from Blue Earth Light and Water had some great insights on saving energy. Even if you have a different provider his money saving tips might also be used for other companies. A big one is switching to more energy efficient appliances and/or LED light bulbs. Not only will this save in your monthly bill but the items that you purchased may qualify for a rebate – check with your provider! If you do use BE Light & Water they have a load management program to help save you money as well as the option to receive solar energy – check with them for more info!

Thank you to Kim from MNVAC who also stopped by with information on Energy Assistance – you can stop by her office or the IFC office for the forms.

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